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Student Engagement

In our Jesuit tradition, Student Engagement seeks to promote the development of the whole person. We empower students to work together to build community, lead ethically, and value differences in one another. Our collaborative efforts connect students to curricular and co-curricular experiences that encourage civic responsibility, personal growth, and lifelong learning.

New Students

The Office of Student Engagement introduces both first-year and transfer undergraduate students to the developmental resources, unique opportunities, and engaging experiences afforded them while attending Fairfield University. Through a comprehensive and collaborative effort, we welcome you to a community of active and service-oriented learners who are eager to assist you in the understanding and appreciation of the unique experience Fairfield University offers as a Catholic university in the Jesuit tradition.

Programs & Events

The Office of Student Engagement offers a number of programs and events throughout the year. Some of our programs and events are rooted in religion and reflection while others give us a chance to celebrate our accomplishments. And many are just plain fun!

International Student Life

The Office of Student Engagement (OSE) works with student organizations, faculty, and other University offices to further integrate diversity into developmental and social programs for students. As a result, the office establishes meaningful relationships with students in order to effectively address their needs, interests, and concerns. We Discover and join the hundreds of student clubs, events, and programs that Fairfield has to offer!

Clubs & Organizations

At Fairfield, we have over 100 student-led clubs and organizations—ranging from honor societies to academic-focused clubs to political and cultural clubs—where students gain first-hand experience in leadership, organizational development and management, decision-making, diversity, and event planning.


The Fairfield University Student Association (FUSA) is the official governing association for undergraduate students of Fairfield University. FUSA is charged with advocating student issues, needs and concerns; promoting an array of programs and initiatives; aiding in the development of student clubs and organizations, and more.


Life@Fairfield is Fairfield University’s online community where students can find out about upcoming events, search for and join clubs and organizations, take surveys, apply for leadership positions and scholarships, sign up for a service opportunities, track involvement, and get personalized news updates.

Lucy Katz Dialogue & Resolution Program

Lucy Katz, JD, former professor of business law and former holder of The Robert C. Wright Professorship in Business Law, Ethics and Dispute Resolution, left an indelible imprint on the Fairfield community. Her creation, along with Dr. Thomas Pelligrino, of the student peer mediation program provides mediation training and certification for students who go on to serve their peers and the University.

Meet the Staff

Meet the staff at the Office of Student Engagement.

Kamala Kiem

Associate Dean of Students & Director
Get to Know Kamala

Connectedness, Relator, Learner, Restorative, Context

Educational Background:
Masters of Arts in Student Affairs Administration, Michigan State University
Masters of Education in Social Justice Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Bachelors of Business Administration, Florida International University
Michigan State University Study Abroad Program in South Africa
Certified Social Justice Mediator
Ignatian Colleague Program- Cohort 6
El Salvador Immersion Trip - February 2014

Areas of Focus:

Social Justice Education & Diversity
Leadership Development
Clubs & Organizations
Student Government
Graduate and International Student Life
New Student Programs
Student Activities/Programming
Intergroup Dialogue Facilitator
Conflict Resolution
Student Conduct
Residental Life (2008-10)


  • FYE 001, First Year Experience Seminar, Fairfield University
  • EDUC 395X, Intergroup Dialogue, Race & Ethnicity, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • EDUC 394X, Social Justice Education - Classism & Sexism, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • EOL 199, Intergroup Dialogue for Resident Assistants, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • EAD 315, Student Leadership, Michigan State University


  • Safe Space II: The Coming Out Process, Student Affairs Professional Development Series
    • Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT, Spring 2010
  • Safe Space II: The Intersection of Gender and Sexuality
    • Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT, Fall 2009
  • Intra-group Dialogue: Race and Queer Sexualities in Our Lives and on Our Campuses
    • ACPA/NASPA Joint Conference, Orlando, FL Spring 2006
  • Successfully Communicating Across Difference: Methods for Engaging Students in Dialogue
    • NCORE, New York City, Spring 2005
  • Cultural Competency: Who is kidding whom? Understanding Whiteness
    • Recognizing Privilege Conference, Mount Holyoke College, Spring 2004
  • The Interdependent Theory and Practice of the M.R.U.L.E: Inclusionary, Scholarship, Activism, Student Voices
    • ACPA, Long Beach, Spring 2002
  • Courageous Leaders: Undergraduate Staff as Multicultural Educators
    • ACPA, Boston, Spring 2001

Current Committees:

  • Presidential Institutional Diversity Council (PIDC), Co-Chair
  • Presidential Institutional Diversity Council (PIDC) Assessment Sub - Committee
  • First Year Initiatives Committee
  • Retention/Attrition Committee
  • Collaborative Student Leadership Committee
  • Academic Planning Committee

Professional Organizations:

  • National Orientation Directors Association (NODA)
  • National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)
  • America College Personnel Association (ACPA)
  • National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA)


  • Service for Justice Residential College Mentor (2009-12)
  • Cura Personalis Mentoring Program Mentor (2008-15)
  • Community Associate, First Year Experience Program

Tennis, Board Games, and Movies

Favorite TV Show(s):
Once Upon a Time, Grey's Anatomy, The Daily Show, 1600 Penn, and The Office

Favorite Movie:
Meet Joe Black

Favorite Book:
Any John Grisham!

Favorite Thing about Fairfield:
Working with our Student Leaders

Favorite Quotes:
Sometimes you have to take a step backwards to leap forward

Advice for Students:
Remember, the decisions you make today affect your future, so choose wisely!

Jeremy Kaler

Associate Director
Get To Know Jeremy

Relator, Strategic, Learner, Command, Intellection

Educational Background
M.A. in History, Minnesota State University, Mankato
B.S. in History, Frostburg State University

Areas of Focus
Student Programs
Student Government
Student Organizations & Clubs
Social Justice
Leadership Development

"SWT=O Analysis" at West Virginia Advisory Council of Classified Emoployees Leadership Conference, 2015


Professional Organizations
NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
ACPA, America College Personnel Administrators

Program Review Committee

Red Cross Blood Drive Coordinator- Potomac State College of WVU
West Virginia State Advisory Council of Classified Employees

Politics, Movies, Reading, Video Games, Husband-ing.

Favorite TV Shows
Futurama, Doctor Who (new), Game of Thrones, Battlestar Galactica

Favorite Movie
12 Angry Men

Favorite Book
Fahrenheit 451

Favorite Quote
"To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge." Henry David Thoreau (quoting Confucius)

Advice for Students
Learning is an active venture, not a passive one. You have to practice to become better at it.

Colleen Wilson

Assistant Director
Get to Know Colleen


  • Achiever
  • Developer
  • Positivity
  • Empathy
  • Learner

Educational Background:

  • M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs, Merrimack College, 2013
  • B. A. in Psychology & English, Fairfield University, 2011
  • Certified Social Justice Mediator, 2014

Areas of Focus:

  • Event Planning: Senior Week/Alumni & Family Weekend
  • Student Government: Programming/Marketing/Treasury
  • Campus Ministry: Service Experiences/Retreats
  • New Student Programs: Orientation/FYE


  • FYE 101, First Year Experience, Magis Scholars, Fairfield University, Fall 2017
  • FYE 101, First Year Experience, Magis Scholars, Fairfield University, Fall 2016
  • FYE 101, First Year Experience, Magis Scholars, Fairfield University, Fall 2015
  • FYE 101, First Year Experience, Open Group, Fairfield University, Fall 2014
  • FYE 101, First Year Experience: Environmental, Fairfield University, Fall 2013

Developed Programs:

  • TALL: Talking About Life & Loss, Bereavement Support Group, Merrimack College, 2013
  • Freshmen Retreat, Merrimack College, 2013
  • Agape Retreat, Fairfield University, 2011


  • Young Professionals Committee, Fall 2013 - Present
  • Program Review Committee, Co-Chair, Fall 2013 - Present
  • Office of Student Engagment Assessment Committee, Fall 2017 - Present
  • Student Affairs Communication and Technology Committee, Fall 2013

Professional Organizations:

  • NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
  • NODA, National Orientation Directors Association
  • NACA, National Association for Campus Activities



  • Centro del Muchacho Trabajador - Quito, Ecuador - Staff Advisor: Fairfield University, Winter 2018
  • Jamaica Volunteer Foundation - Kingston, Jamaica - Staff Advisor: Fairfield University, Winter, 2016
  • Kairos XXVII Retreat - Staff Advisor: Fairfield University, Fall 2015
  • Centro del Muchacho Trabajador - Quito, Ecuador - Staff Advisor: Fairfield University, Winter 2015
  • Youth Services Opportunities Project - Washington, D.C. - Staff Advisor: Fairfield University, Spring 2014
  • Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity in West Virginia- Staff Advisor: Merrimack College, Spring 2013
  • St. Francis Inn in Philadelphia - Staff Advisor: Merrimack College, Winter 2013
  • Service  & Emersion in Kingston, Jamaica: Fairfield University, Winter 2011
  • Service Learning in New Orleans, Louisiana: Fairfield University, Spring 2010
  • Urban Plunge in Washington, D.C.: Fairfield University, Spring 2009 


  • Eating Pickles
  • Volunteering at Comfort Zone Camp
  • Spending time family & friends
  • Traveling
  • Scrapbooking
  • Service

Favorite Quote:

  • “At the end of the day, Lord I pray, I have a life that's good. Two arms around me, heaven to ground me and a family that always calls me home. Four wheels to get there and enough love to share and a sweet, sweet, sweet song.” - Charles Esten

Favorite TV Show(s):

  • Ellen DeGeneres
  • Fixer Upper
  • This is Us
  • The Good Doctor
  • A Million Little Things
  • Shark Tank

Favorite Movie:

  • The Parent Trap

Favorite Book:

  • My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Favorite thing about Fairfield:

  • The sense of community you feel when working or studying here. 

Advice for Students:

  • Your time here will go by faster than you think. Take it all in and never forget that once you're a Stag, you're always a Stag!

Jane Aquino

International Student Advisor
Get to Know Jane

Consistency, Developer, Includer, Positivity, Harmony

Educational Background
Fairfield University, Real Estate Paralegal Certificate
Fairfield University, Real Estate Principles/Practices
IETS F-1 SEVIS Essentials-Level II and Level III
NAFSA – Spring Immigration Workshop

Professional Organizations
NAFSA – National Association of Foreign Student Advisors

Areas of Focus
International Student Advising – F-1 and J-1 Students, J-1 Scholars
Processing of SEVIS events and immigration documentation

Optional Practical Training Employment Workshop

Spending time with family and friends, walking my dog, shopping, cooking and baking, traveling.

Favorite Tv Shows
Anything on the Food Network, HGTV or the Hallmark Channel, Dancing with the Stars, Quantico

Favorite Thing About Fairfield
Working with the students – and learning about them.

Favorite Quote
"The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be."– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Advice for Students
You never know what battles people are fighting.  Always be kind.

Brigida Salvioli

Operations Assistant
Get to Know Brigida

Positivity, Developer, Empathy, Includer, Connectedness

Educational Background:
Diploma Degree in Executive Secretary, New Haven Academy of Business

Areas of Focus:

  • 10 years of experience in the Dean of Freshmen Office
  • Lots of experience with students, faculty
  • Past experience supporting Joe DeFeo and the Residential Colleges


  • Build a House Advisor
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Advisor
  • Support the Troops Program Organizer

Professional Organizations:
Evergreen Network Family

Past Chaperone for Dolan School of Business Advertising Club Trip to Atlanta, GA


Favorite TV Show:
Ellen DeGeneres

Favorite Movie:
The Ten Commandments

Favorite Thing about Fairfield U:
The students, parents, faculty and staff

Favorite Quote:
Don't Worry, Be Happy - Anonymous

Advice for Students:
Never give up. You can do it!

Jillian Leahy

Program Coordinator For International Student Support Student Engagement
Get to Know Jillian



Learner, Discipline, Harmony, Responsibility, Context


Educational Background:

M.A. in International Education, New York University

B.S. in International Business, High Point University                                      

International Study Abroad Exchange in France, École Supérieure de Commerce, Pau


Areas of Focus:

International Student Services

International Student Programming and Engagement



TAPIF, English Language Teacher, Lycée Emile Zola, Châteaudun, France 2013-2014


Professional Organizations: 

NAFSA: Association of International Educators



Reading, Watching NY Giants Football & PSG Soccer, Cooking, Traveling


Favorite TV Show(s):

This Is Us, The Crown, Mindhunter, Brooklyn Nine-Nine


Favorite Book:

American Gods by Neil Gaiman


Favorite Movie:

Remember the Titans


Favorite thing about Fairfield:

How many opportunities there are for students and staff to get involved!


Advice for Students:

Now is the perfect time to explore – try out new classes, join clubs, travel, and meet new people!


Marissa Lischinsky

Associate Director of Student Engagement (Transition & Retention)
Get to Know Marissa

Developer, Empathy, Individualization, Input, Learner

Educational Background:
Masters of Education in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education, Springfield College
Bachelors of Arts in German and English, Fairfield University
Summer Semester at Stuttgart University in Germany

Areas of Focus:
Fall Welcome
First Year Experience
Parent/Guardian Engagement
Retention Initiatives
Senior Transition Programs

Areas of Focus:
EAB Student Success Collaborative (Campus) Trainings, Plymouth State University
Gatekeeper (Suicide Prevention) Trainings, Plymouth State University

"Minute to Win It: Using Learning Exercises in the Student Conduct Meeting", NASPA Region I Conference, November 2016


  • Commencement Committee
  • First Year Initiatives Committee
  • Orientation Committee
  • Retention Committee
  • Senior Year Advisory Committee

Professional Organizations:
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)


  • Fairfield University Alternative Spring Break Trip to NYC, 2011
  • Fairfield University Alternative Spring Break Trip to Lake Anna, Virginia, 2012
  • Crisis Line Volunteer Advocate, Voices Against Violence, 2015-2016
  • Day of Service, Plymouth State University, 2018

Knitting/crocheting, hiking, reading, being with my dog, family and friends

Favorite TV Shows:
The Good Wife
Golden Girls

Favorite Movie:
Mamma Mia!

Favorite Book:
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Favorite Thing about Fairfield U:
The sense of community—once a stag, always a stag!

Favorite Quote:
“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” –Anais Nin

Advice for Students:
Transitions and the unknown can be stressful and difficult, but try to stay positive, focus on your strengths, and don’t be afraid to reach out for support!

Danielle Parisi

Program Coordinator
Get to Know Danielle


Adaptability, Responsibility, Consistency, Achiever, Arranger

Educational Background

  • M.Ed in Higher Education and Student Affairs, Merrimack College, 2018
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Anna Maria College, 2016

Areas of Focus

Fairfield @ Night and Council of Student Organizations

Professional Organizations

National Association of Student Affairs Personnel Administrators (NASPA)


University Programming Committee


  • Playing the drums
  • Watching the Red Sox
  • Spending time with my friends & family
  • Being with my dog Cooper

Favorite TV Shows

  • The Bachelor
  • Chicago Fire
  • Manifest
  • NCIS: LA

Favorite Movie

Fever Pitch

Favorite Book

Who Moved My Cheese? By Spencer Johnson, M.D.

Favorite Quote

“The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work, and the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, and don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs

Favorite Thing About Fairfield

How friendly and welcoming everyone is!

Advice for Students

Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing, this is your time to do what YOU want to do and to be who YOU want to be.


Zachary Quinones

Civic Engagement Coordinator
Get to Know Zachary

Analytical, Deliberative, Communication, Significance, Self-Assurance

Educational Background:
B.A. in Political Science

Areas of Focus:
Civic Engagement

Teaching/Developed Programs
COMPASS & Civic Leadership Workshop

"Challenging Others: Disrupting & Reframing Assumptions for Positive Change"

Reading and Debating Friends

Favorite TV Show:
The Office

Favorite Movie:
Avengers: Age of Ultron

Favorite Book:
Discipline and Punish by Michel Foucault

Favorite Thing about Fairfield U:
The Fairfield gear is the coolest collegiate clothing on the market.

Favorite Quote:
“A bad workman blames his tools.”

Advice for Students:
Expand your vocabulary. The more words you know, the better you’ll be able to express yourself and your ideas.

Contact Us

Office of Student Engagement

Barone Campus Center Lower Level

Suite 96

(203) 254-4053

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